Research Fellowships - NDIS Impact and Outcomes

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super
01 Dec 2022
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2022
0057891 / 0057892
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job no: 0057891 and 0057892 (2 positions available)
Location: Parkville
Role type: Full time/ Fixed-term for 3 years
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences
Department/School: The Melbourne Disability Institute
Salary: Level B – $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Roles

The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) has two new and complementary Research Fellowships examining different aspects of the design and delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). You will be joining a community of academics and experts working together at the University of Melbourne to strengthen the evidence base and inform future research, policy and practice in this dynamic area.

We are looking for one researcher with a strong track record of qualitative and/or mixed methods applied research in one or more of the areas of disability, health, social welfare, inequality or public policy.

For the complementary position we are looking for a researcher with a strong track record in quantitative applied research and development of statistical models in one or more of the areas of disability, health, social/welfare policy, inequality and public policy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with MDI to develop a multi-year, multi-project program of work related to the NDIS and the Australian Disability Strategy
  • Developing an area of expertise in disability research, with a view to establishing a national and international profile
  • Working with research teams across the university on a coordinated approach to using quantitative and qualitative data to frame policy problems and solutions
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of new and existing research proposals
  • Collaborating with existing research team, project management team, stakeholders and funders to deliver coordinated project results
  • Disseminating research findings to both academic and non academic audiences
  • Co-supervise and support project team members, moving onto lead roles as the fellowship progresses

Researchers with disability are strongly encouraged to apply for these positions as MDI is committed to creating career pathways for researchers with disability.

About You

You have demonstrated high level project management skills in all aspects of the research process, including ability to produce high quality work in tight timeframes. Your excellent interpersonal and communication skills will allow you to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, including academic peers, sector, community, policy-makers and government.

You will also have:

  • A PhD in social or political science, psychology, public policy or public health or a related discipline (Qualitative)
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline such as epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, public health, demography, public policy or social science (Quantitative)
  • Demonstrated track-record and interest in evidence-based policy reform, inequality and disability research
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative research methods and analysis (Quantitative)
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative and/or mixed methods design, implementation and analysis (Qualitative)
  • Demonstrated track record in high impact peer reviewed journals

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About Melbourne Disability Institute

MDI is an interdisciplinary research institute based at the University of Melbourne. Established in 2018, MDI facilitates and supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research to build the evidence base needed to guide social and disability policy reforms and to advance opportunity and equity for people with disability and their families.

Throughout our work we strive to promote the inclusion and wellbeing of people with disability, explore issues that are, or are likely to become, important to people with disability and recognise and foster the important contribution people with disability make to research.

MDI is led by Professor Bruce Bonyhady, one of the key architects of the NDIS. Professor Bonyhady was inaugural Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency from 2013 to 2016 and is currently co-chairing an independent review into the NDIS.

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria below. Please also state in your cover letter which position you are applying for.

1. Experience in quantitative and or qualitative/mixed methods analysis and research

2. Details of publication record

3. Experience in working with diverse teams of researchers and stakeholders

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Applications close: 15th December 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position descriptions: 

 MDI NDIS Research Fellowship - Qual 23 Nov 2022.pdf

 MDI NDIS Research Fellowship - Quant 23 Nov 2022.pdf

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